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Apple hires short-range communications (NFC) specialist; patents approach the realization

THE Near Field Communications World recently highlighted the hiring of Benjamin Vigier, a specialist in short-range communications (Near Field Communications), by Apple. Vigier holds the position of product manager for mobile commerce at the Cupertino firm, after working with NFD and RFID (radio frequency identification) chips since 2004.

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At mFoundry, the company Vigier worked for before he joined Ma, he was a product manager for mobile wallet, payments and NFC, having led the creation of mobile services for PayPal and a payment service through bar codes for Starbucks. In addition, he was responsible for the development of NFC wallet for two major operators and a bank in the United States.

Such a resume, if seen with Apple's patent series dealing with NFC / RFID, leaves no doubt that, in the future, this technology will appear in several Apple products. The iPhone should be one of the first, possibly with an app called Transaction. . There have even been rumors that a smartphone prototype with RFID hardware would already be in testing, perhaps to be launched next year, given that the iPhone 4 supposedly spent two years cooking.

(via MacRumors)

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